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apologizes for his remarks against a georgetown law student. what may have brought about his change of heart? we'll get some insight "today," change of heart? we'll get some insight "today," sunday, march 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, and welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt in henryville, indiana. >> and i'm jenna wolfe, along with carl quintanilla inside studio 1a. so here's the latest now on the storm aftermath. 37 people are confirmed dead, including 20 in kentucky, 12 in indiana, and 3 in ohio. >> national weather service says the four twisters to hit kentucky were the worst in the region in 24 years. henryville, indiana, where lester is, was hit by an ef-4 tornado packing winds of 175
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miles per hour. that twister stayed on the ground for more than 50 miles. >> and in one sign amid the hope and the destruction, a 2-year-old girl named angel was found alive, but badly hurt. however the rest of her family did not survive. we'll have her store very coming up. and lester, you've been in indiana now for more than 24 hours. how is the community there coming together? >> they're cleaning up. we woke up to the sound of chainsaws here as the sun came up this morning. people will be going to a special church service, and a damaged church a bit later on this morning. you know, when i came here, trying to wrap my mind about what i was seeing was difficult. it's hard to comprehend sometimes what you're seeing. it took me awhile as the sun came up this morning to realize, jenna, that's a metal mobile home trailer wrapped around that tree. giving you an idea of the force of the winds. you mention that ef-4 tornado on the ground for some 52 miles. in fact, there was a second tornado, a smaller one that came through here and kind of completed the destruction you
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see around me. we talk about buildings, and houses, demolished and obliterated. this is what i mean. i'm walking through the foundation of someone's home. at least where that home once stood. there are the water heaters right down there. and up here is the front porch. and now leads not to a house, but to destruction. this damage, of course, has been seen in other places up and down where that line of storms hit. another hard-hit town is nearby marysville, indiana, about nine miles east of here. nbc's tom costello is there for us this morning. tom, determine. >> hi, lester, good morning to you. this is what an ef-4 storm looks like up close and personal. 175-mile-per-hour winds. there is just simply nothing left. it kind of reminds me of the photos and the images we saw out of japan after the tsunami last year. take a look at this. this is a semi truck that has been picked up, and tossed into a massive tree. the trees have been uprooted. every single branch has been
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stripped. the homes here have been reduced, if they're standing at all, they're certainly not habitable. but most of them have all been reduced to pieces of wood. we've got stories, lester of children laying on the ground, mothers laying on top of children to protect them. fathers on top of mothers. i think there's really only one word for all of this. it is quite simply, awful. there is little left of marysville, indiana. while no one died here, this tiny country town of 1200 people has been nearly wiped away. meanwhile, a nearby chelsea, the jackson and cleper families are feeling the storm in an all too personal way. >> i can't even begin to tell you how i feel about that poor baby. he was only 4. >> terry and carol jackson died when their home was torn apart. also dead, their 4-year-old great-grandson daylon. ripped from the arms of his mother. she is now in the hospital. survivors' personal images
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capture the moment the storm tore through. >> it looked more like it was rolling, instead of spinning. but it was wide. >> a tornado tore the klepper family home from its foundation. dropping it 100 yards away. on the road into henryville, indiana, trees and homes have been stripped or destroyed. lives upended. more than a dozen people died in southern indiana. across this area, the growl of chainsaws has replaced the tornado's roar. indiana's governor described the damage as incomprehensible. >> all the things that mere mortals can do aren't enough sometimes. >> reporter: among the most hartbreaking stories, that of a 2-year-old girl found alone in a field. >> we put arm bands and everything on the children just to identify them and found out pretty quickly that nobody came with this little girl. >> reporter: late saturday, word that the child's parents, her brother and sister were all killed. she remains in critical condition in louisville. in kentucky, at least 20 people have been killed, 300 injured.
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>> it chokes you up. you don't know where your family is. it chokes you. >> reporter: four were killed in west liberty alone. the town still reeling from another deadly storm that hit just 48 hours earlier. this church was over 100 years old. now a jumbled pile of lumber. >> holy cow. oh, my gosh! >> reporter: across america's midsection, more than 100 tornadoes on friday, from the gulf states to the great lakes. in ohio, where three people died, there was barely enough time to take cover. >> we all ran into the bathroom, and all closed the door and peeked out the window and we just started seeing trees coming out of the ground. >> reporter: one person also dead in alabama. the town of harvest flattened. they haven't even finished rebuilding from a tornado that hit less than ten months ago. >> we had just got in in january, moved back in to the house. and getting ready to move that mobile home. it picked it up, turned it around and slammed it into the house. >> reporter: heavy damage, as well, in north carolina. where crews are now working to restore power.
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as a third of the country spent the day trying to recover from a day of devastation, and heartbreak. we're back live in marysville, indiana. i've asked my photographer to give you a very wide shot, because just take a look at the landscape. these are people's lives. and they are completely gone. everything, every earthly possession they had, gone. thank goodness that in this particular town, nobody died. but as you can see, there is quite simply nothing left anywhere you look. we can tell you that the police and the national guard are here trying to make sure that there isn't any looting going on. fema is, of course, is on the ground. the national guard on the ground. and president obama has been in touch with the governors offering federal assistance. lester, back to you. >> tom costello. thanks. and as if to emphasize the unusual early start to the tornado season, a light snow now falling here in henryville. let's go back to jenna now in new york. >> it just gets worse.
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lester thank you. now let's go to the city of west liberty, kentucky. four people were killed in one of the storm's hardest-hit areas. weather channel's mike bettes is there with the story. mike, how bad is it on the ground there? >> well, it's really is a devastating blow for this city. i mean, you can just see, everything has been reduced to rubble here. this is a very sturdy brick and mortar structure and you can't even tell what it once was. but this has been a hard-hit community. 20 people have died in the bluegrass state. and we can now tell you that in this particular county and in west liberty the death toll has risen to six now. so it's been a very difficult blow for this town. it's been on lockdown since the tornado struck. this was an ef-3 tornado. it had winds of 140 miles an hour. and imagine, a mile wide tornado bearing down on this town of just 2,000 people. when we talked to the mayor yesterday, he was visibly shaken, could barely bring himself to even describe what happened here in this town. not one single building here in the district has gone untouched. the municipal building has been
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hit, the fire station has been hit. the police stagt has been hit. they're very crippled here. there's no power. they've got power generators running to try to power what they can and light stands. but it is a very long road to recovery here. it's going to take quite some time. when you're the county seat of this particular county and you've been wiped out, as you can imagine, jenna, it's going to be a very long road to recovery. the governor has declared a state of emergency but the death toll has risen overnight and kentucky the hardest-hit state with 20 fatalities total. >> mike bettes, thank you very much. >> let's get a check on the morning's other top stories. for that we turn to tom lamas over at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. the u.s. consulate in krakow confirms that one american is dead in the head-on collision of two passenger trains in southern poland. the trains collided early today, after they somehow wound up on the same track, killing at least 16 people and injuring nearly 60. the unidentified american had been living in krakow. after a flood of complaints, and a sponsor boycott,
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conservative talk show host rush limbaugh has apologized for his controversial comments in the debate about birth control. the story from nbc's ann thompson. >> reporter: rush limbaugh's verbal attack of georgetown law student sandra fluke -- >> you're a slut, right? that you're a prostitute. >> reporter: for speak iing for the government mandated contraception coverage. >> if we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. and i'll tell you what it is. we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch. >> reporter: those attacks created the expected headline grabbing controversy. and now, an unexpected apology. in a statement late saturday afternoon, the controversial radio host wrote, i chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. i did not mean a personal attack on miss fluke. the apology came after sponsors legalzoom, quicken loans, sleep train, and sleep number pulled
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their ads from limbaugh's show. president obama called fluke to express his support. >> he expressed his concern for me, and his disapproval of this type of discourse. >> reporter: in his apology, limbaugh makes clear he does not agree with fluke on the issue of contraception coverage. but he does admit that his choice of words was not the best. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. >> now, to russia where opposition leaders and election monitors report widespread violations in elections today that are expected to return to vladimir putin to the presidency. the violations could continue the wave of protests against government corruption that began in december. that's the news. now back to jenna, carl and janice. >> all right, tom, thank you very much. >> janice is here with a check of the weather. >> good morning. we're going to check and see what's left of all that severe weather. that storm system that moved through those areas of the ohio and tennessee river valleys produced some severe weather this morning around orlando and more tornadoes. there's still quite a bit of
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rain left over on parts of the eastern seaboard. that should clear out. it's snowing in henryville and around louisville this morning. that will taper off tonight. and it looks like the temperatures will warm up for the cleanup, and clear out later nd clear out later on this week. that's what's going on around the nation. now here's your local forecast. and a good sunday morning to you. i'm storm4 meteorologist chuck bell. we're off to a cloudy start and a little bit on the chilly side as well. temperatures hovering in the low 40s around town but a lot of northern maryland out towards the mountains of west virginia down close to the freezing mark this morning. checking current temperatures, then, 43 our official temperature, 42 now at national airport, 39 degrees in manassas, virginia. radar shows a couple of sprinkles down across southern maryland. cloudy today with a chance of a sprinkle or two south of town. >> now here's carl. >> janice, thanks. we're just two days away from super tuesday when 424 delegates will be up for grabs in eleven states. perhaps none more important than ohio. a new nbc-marist poll out this
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morning is providing more insight on what voters in the battleground state are thinking. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." >> good morning. >> let's recap the caucuses in washington state. mitt romney comes out on top. what kind of boost does that give him going into super tuesday? >> you know the momentum of win after win after win. what he hasn't done in the race so far is build on victory. he had michigan and arizona this past week, he goes in to super tuesday with a string of victories. he wants to not just be the front-runner, i think he wants to really solidify himself as the presumptive nominee. that's the opportunity tuesday represents. >> we all know ohio is the big prize, 63 delegates. you're going to unveil some new poll numbers this morning that takes a look at what gop voters in that state feel, in this case, about whether or not they're satisfied with the field. right? >> yeah, that's right. and there's still a high level of dissatisfaction if you look at the numbers. with the field. and that's something that mitt romney has got to deal with. 46% saying they'd like to see somebody else run. i don't think that's going to happen at this point. so, mitt romney's got to find a
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way to translate that sentiment into some ability to have the party coalesce around him. by the way, a victory in ohio could help him do that. if he can say, i won ohio, i won florida, two big battlegrounds in the fall, that could help that cause. >> we know electability is a key thing in the campaign, and gop voters in ohio have strong feelings about that topic, too. >> they do. and, again, electability still reps with romney. joe klein makes a point in "time" magazine this week that i think is important. the electability argument has to be driven by a series of proposals that really give some meat to that claim. not just saying i'm the one who can beat obama. because there are primary voters who believe that's the case about romney, but they still don't -- they don't love him. so you have an enthusiasm gap that becomes a problem. particularly with some of these social issues now, overshadowing the campaign. a lot of democratic voters feeling more energized and desiring to get out and vote against republicans. >> let's switch gears just a little bit, talk about rush
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limbaugh's apology for those controversial comments about sandra fluke and the contraception controversy. what's behind the apology, do you think? and is it too little, too late? >> well, he was losing advertisers, for one thing. i'm sure in a presidential race he was feeling the heat of the fact that this was something of a gift to the democrats, who are already making the case that republicans are overreaching on osh issues. look, limbaugh is a very influential voice in the republican grassroots party. right? as a voice on the right. and whenever he gets to a point where he might overshadow presidential candidates, you hear from mitt romney. mitt romney doesn't want to have this conversation about contraception. he wants to be talking about the economy. so i think that there's pressure in terms of these candidates not wanting to talk about it. >> what's coming up on "meet the press"? >> our big super tuesday preview. we've got newt gingrich, eric cantor, the house majority leader who will wade into the race for the first time. debbie wasserman schultz with a view from the democratic party. and even some, as you've been alluding to, more of our poll
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numbers in the key battlegrounds for super tuesday. >> all right, david, thank you. david gregory. once again here's jenna. >> all right, carl, thanks. now to the murder mystery of a wealthy detroit woman. police have arrested a handyman who rused to work for the family, but as nbc's lilia luciano reports there are still more questions than answers. >> reporter: joseph guest enters the courthouse in wayne county, michigan, thinking he's attending a custody hearing. in fact deputies are waiting to arrest him for murder. >> you're under arrest. >> reporter: police found jane bashara's body in a detroit alley on january 25th. the marketing executive and mother of two had been severely beaten and strangled. two days later police named bob bashara her husband of 27 years a person of interest. he has denied any involvement in her death. >> about a year ago we did go to a marriage counselor, sort through some things. and we -- we -- we love each
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other. >> reporter: one week after jane's death this man, joe gentd who worked as a handyman confessed to the murder. police say the 48-year-old who prosecutors have labeled mentally disabled claimed bashara hired him to kill his wife in exchange for $2,000 and his old cadillac. he was let go but arrested a month later. but the search for a killer has shed light on what some call bob bashara's double life. he denied multiple accounts that he had a mistress. and a woman who asked nbc to conceal her identity told our detroit affiliate said bashara invited her to a secret dungeon filled with s&m props. >> there was equipment like saint andrew's cross, a post, a big web. >> reporter: bashara denies the allegations of an a&m lifestyle but wouldn't elaborate. >> i have ply children to worry about. >> reporter: though he's not a suspect he may have some tough
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danced with very pretty ladies, and ate food and drank beer. it's not your typical royal walkabout but that's harry all over. he likes to have fun. >> reporter: warming to the belizean people, they had heard harry likes to have a good time. he did not disappoint on his first solo royal tour. >> it's a great start to the four for harry. it's been very colorful. he's been labeled the party prince because he's really got into the belizean spirit here. >> reporter: after a night of festivities the third in line to the throne visited an ancient mayan temple. climbing to the top for a breathtaking view. amid more celebrations for his visit. before christening a canoe for the queen with local beer. belize is just the first stop on prince harry's tour of caribbean commonwealth realms, where the queen is head of state. he will also visit the bahamas, and jamaica to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. if belize sets the tone for the remaining countries, the fun-loving prince's debut is bound to be hailed a great success.
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good morning, everyone. it's sunday, march 4th, 2012. i'm erika gonzalez. in the "news4 today" studios
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this morning. thanks for joining us. a driver who left the scene of a deadly crash in prince george's county is now in police custody. police arrested 21-year-old deron britt in the district. police say he is the driver of an suv that crashed into a tree on suitland road, killing 18-year-old tyesha williams. britt is being held on a gun charge. prince george's county police say they have a warrant on file charging him with manslaughter. rush limbaugh apologized on his website for degrading comments he made about georgetown law student. the conservative radio host insulted sandra fluke, who testified about the current birth control debate. limbaugh said he was trying to be funny and apologized to fluke for his poor choice of words. the radio host tried to reach her by phone and e-mail, but she has not responded. a driver crashed into a fast-food restaurant in montgomery county. check out this damage video. the car crashed into a pizza hut along georgia avenue in silver spring yesterday afternoon. the crash shattered some windows
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and doors and sent glass flying everywhere. fortunately, though, no one was hurt. the windows were boarded up and the restaurant was able to remain open for business. and we will get a check of your forecast in just little bit. stay with us.
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maybe a slight chance for some more winter weather before march goes away? hmm. let's check with meteorologist chuck bell. what do you think, chuck? >> a very, very, very slight chance of a few snowflakes tomorrow, mainly down to the south of washington. don't expect to have to break the snow shovels out for this one. this might not even be a sweepable event. outside we go then to check on your temperatures. it's on the cold side, northern maryland down near the freezing mark this morning. upper 30s to near 40 in town and mid-40s in southern maryland where storm4 radar shows a chance of a couple light little sprinkles and rain drops in southern maryland today. that's the only place you'll have to worry about precipitation today. staying chilly today, temperatures in the 40s. colder tomorrow with a chance of
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a few snowflakes, again, mainly down south of washington and then staying chilly most of the upcoming week. >> all right. and we will see you right back here at 9:00 a.m. for a full hour of "news4 today." we're back on sunday morning, march 4th, 2012. we've got a really nice, excited crowd joining us on the plaza. our thanks to them for coming out. spending part of their morning with us. outside on the plaza i'm jenna wolfe alongside carl quintanilla. lester is in henryville, indiana. thank you so much for joining us. coming up in this half hour, a really nice story. a young girl's story from tragedy to triumph. a teen critically injured in a drunk driving accident makes an incredible recovery. we're going to show you how she now has turned that around to
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inspire others. >> it's a great story. also on a much lighter note, lindsay lohan last night hosting "snl." her big return to studio 8h. did she pull it off? and take a look at this. it's a sloth. >> that's a sloth. >> it's a little slow but it's adorable. we're going to show you some south american animals, including a bird called the spoonbill. >> but the sloth even eats slow. the sloth is like oh, fine, when i get a chance i'll eat some of your food. >> that's coming up. >> appropriately named. first we're going to head back to henryville, indiana, where lester is standing by. hey, lester. >> hey, jenna. you know, since we were on the air yesterday morning the death toll has risen significantly. now 37 across the area. here in indiana, and neighboring kentucky, they took the worst of it here. we're at henryville. i want to show you the cruel randomness of these kind of tornadoes. over there we've got a house still standing and next to it a trailer demolished. here's a house standing. by the way, there was a woman
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apparently in this house during the tornado, sitting in the bathroom with her pet. she walked out unscathed. you can see the condition of her house. mostly, though, the buildings and homes around here have been demolished. two tornadoes came through, an ef-4, second high up on the scale. about 175-mile-per-hour winds. on the ground, 50 some odd miles. and a second, smaller one came through. that bigger one was captured by this young man, 21-year-old danny o'shea. you shot some on your cell phone. >> right. ipad touch. >> we can show some of that here. we're going to get you to talk about it. you were in the basement. had taken shelter, during the storm. you see it coming and you're capturing this. first of all what were you thinking? >> i was in the basement. i felt pretty safe in the basement window. i seen the tornado coming. i did not realize it was going to be that severe. right here you can see at the end of the scene the trash can hits the window pretty hard. >> you're obviously you should be out of the way of the window here. but what attracted you to keep shooting? >> well, i had already seen the -- seen it coming on the one
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side of the house, i just had to keep rolling. i had my camera out. i wanted to see. >> i'm not sure where you were -- we're looking at the center of town. is that where it's coming through? >> yeah, it's coming right down the other side. >> so you realize you're watching it destroy your town. >> yes. i seen it pick up the debris right there. >> well, incredible video. thanks for sharing with us. we're going to ask you to step out here and bring in sergeant jerry gooden of the indiana state police. sergeant, thanks for joining us. i want to get a quick update from you -- i'm sorry you're? >> danny rodman clark county sheriff. >> thank you very much. >> i want to get a sense of the search, are you done searching all this area? >> right now we're pretty confident that we've located everyone that we think was in the area. we don't have any missing people we're not actively searching for anybody. we've actually stopped our rescue mode and turning now to a cleanup mode and security mode. we're trying to make sure that what is left here for these folks can still be here when they come in. >> we mention this storm, the tornado was on the ground for over 50 miles.
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did it hit any other -- that particular tornado hit any other communities beside this one? >> absolutely. that's the thing about it. we've got about four or five county area here, about a 50 mile stretch of area, that's just like this. it's total devastation. we've spent the first two days obviously doing nothing but searching every single home, and a lot of it is rural area. it was hard to get to because of the trees and stuff that were down. but we've caught up with that and thank you we're pretty confident we've located everyone. obviously if someone calls in and thinks someone is still missing we're still actively -- >> i saw your dogs out yesterday. and looking around here. there wasn't a lot of police for people to take shelters. these were trailers here in many cases, no basements. >> and here's the sad thing about this is, we're talking to people and they're happy that they've got rubble left. because they say i'm happy i've got rubble left where my home was because down the road here just a little bit my neighbor's home is completely gone and we have no idea where the rubble is even at. where did it go to? all that's left is a sidewalk or a row of blocks. >> things were blown 60 miles
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away. we're watching people come together and clearly everyone's taking care of each other. sergeant, thanks very much. thanks for much for coming by. we appreciate it. we have to note that this is the weather folks call this one right on the money. they saw this coming for several days and now we see of course what's left. janice huff, want to bring you in to this here. first of all, are we passed now this risk? >> you are lester. thank goodness the weather is going to clear up there for the next couple of days. such extreme devastation for not just that area but many communities across the ohio and tennessee river valleys. the weather improving. however it is spring and it's more likely to see this type of weather possible over the next several months, unfortunately. because this is the season now coming up when we see most tornadoes. right now, we're seeing some morning rain along the south atlantic coast. we had some strong thunderstorms around orlando this morning from the same weather system. but it weakened considerably once it got down into florida. and now it looks like it will clear out there. so light snow expected over the ohio valley tomorrow. some nice people who came to
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visit today. where are you guys from? >> york, pennsylvania. >> oh, we practiced and you did it from all over they've come down to visit us today here in new york. that's what's going on around the nation. now here's your local forecast. it is a cloudy and chilly sunday morning here in washington. i'm storm4 meteorologist chuck bell. temperatures are in the low 40s around town but cooler up across parts of northern maryland where hagerstown is at 33 this morning. gaithersburg and rockville in the mid-40s. 31 in wallford and la plata. sprinkles around southern maryland this morning will persist most of the day. otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy and chilly today and still the chance of a few flake >> to get the latest forecast any time of the day logon to now here's jenna. >> janice, thank you. now to an amazing survival story of a young girl nearly killed by a drunk driver. she's now inspiring others with her faith and her strength. it's the subject of a new book
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called "miracle for jen." nbc's michelle franzen is here with her story. >> good morning, jenna. jen was just 15 years old at the time of the accident. and no one expected she would survive after suffering a major brain injury. but her family, and community, rallied around her, and described what happened in the weeks and months that followed as nothing short of a miracle. at the barrack home the simple act of having dinner together means everything. >> i believe that god has in a sense given us a second chance. >> reporter: that second chance came five years ago, when jen, her parents, linda and andy, and brother josh, were nearly killed by a drunk driver. >> his lights were off. he was running from the police, and we didn't see him coming. >> reporter: the day began celebrating josh's baseball tournament win. and jen's first choir concert. in a split second on the drive home, it would become their
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worst day. the accident happened on this stretch of road less than a mile from the barrack's home. the family was told the driver was going nearly 80 miles an hour at the time, and no one remembers what happened next. >> all of a sudden i'm waking up, and my face is just up against this crushed glass windshield. >> reporter: the entire family sustained life-threatening injuries, and were rushed to four differentospitals. jen wasn't expected to make it through the night. >> jennifer had a traumatic brain injury and it was a global injury all through her brain. >> reporter: in the days, weeks and months when the barracks couldn't care for themselves, family and friends pitched in, using the power of prayer, they say, to cope. hold on to hope. and deal with the anger. >> that was my little girl. and here's what got me. jen did nothing to deserve it. >> reporter: doctors didn't expect jen to recover at all. she was in a coma for five weeks. and her mom says the time she did respond were not
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encouraging. >> we'd see half an eye for a little bit. it wasn't like she just woke up and could talk to us. >> reporter: when jen finally emerged from the coma, loved ones say she was singing gospel songs, and reciting prayers as clear as she had before the accident. >> thank you for everything. >> reporter: defying the odds, and surprising everyone, including doctors. jen has learned to walk again. talk. and read. >> he has for us. >> that's really good. >> reporter: in the months before the accident, jen kept a spiritual journal, writing about wanting to be different, and wanting to make a difference. entries jen says she now embraces as someone who lives to tell her story. she and her mom lead and speak at prayer groups and jen's mom has written a book about their ordeal. >> i know i'm different. and i'm okay with that. >> reporter: back at home, dinner has spilled over into a card game. everyday moments that are now
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extraordinary. >> i know it is still hard. we all struggle in different ways. but, i feel like it has also bonded us as a family. which i'm very thankful for that. >> jen still struggles with some memory problems, and doctors tell us her progress is slowly continuing. that hasn't held her back, though, jen is even taking a college course and looking forward, she says, to whatever the future holds. >> what a great story. thanks a lot, michelle franzen. up next, live from new york, it's lindsay lohan. did her attempt at a comeback work? we'll find out right after these messages. [ tom ] we invented the turbine business right here in schenectady. without the stuff that we make here, you wouldn't be able to walk in your house and flip on your lights. [ brad ] at ge we build turbines that power the world. they go into power plants which take some form of energy, harness it, and turn it into more efficient electricity. [ ron ] when i was a kid i wanted to work with my hands, that was my thing. i really enjoy building turbines. it's nice to know that what you're building is gonna do something for the world. when people think of ge,
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off if i leave the stage? i thought it was only if i left the studio. are you searching me? >> no! no. i'm -- i'm a lesbian now. >> been there, done that. >> you can do this. if for any reason you can't, jon hamm is on standby as backup host. >> lindsay lohan on last night's "saturday night live." was she a hit or a miss? >> the editor for the associated press and erica is a staff writer for "us weekly." good morning to both of you guys. >> good morning. >> erica, they're calling this her comeback. does it deserve that? >> she did a pretty decent job. but it is in no way a comeback. this hasn't set the stage for all that's going to come through for her.
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>> at 25, a comeback? >> considering the rehab, it's a comeback of sorts. she kind of stillbled on some lines. you could tell that she was nervous. the fact that she appeared to be sober, that's good enough for lindsay. >> let me ask, let's move on to christie brinkley. she got divorced a couple years ago but this is still playing out in the court right now over money, i guess he's calling her names now. she still wants child support. what's going on here? >> it's been nasty from the start. come on, he slept with an 18-year-old intern that's why their marriage broke up. so it's still going back and forth and now he alleges that he owes her back child support. he alleges that no she owes him. he called her an egotistical narcissist. it's been a mess. >> and to play out in the public, too, i feel, is -- >> oh, they had no shame. they just let it all out. >> i remember covering the trial and she brought her kids' art projects there one day. you're like what is going on? these people have played it out in the public for a long, long time. >> one thing that was in public
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was justin bieber's 18th birthday. we should all have a birthday like this. not only is it a huge deal nationwide it goes on ellen and is given a $100,000 car by his manager and mentor usher. >> justin bieber has made usher and his manager millions of dollars. this is their way of saying thank you. >> go ahead. >> the biggest news, he's legal. hello. he's legal. >> oh. >> he had his birthday he tweeted, he's trying. >> what about this story beyonce has been breast-feeding in public. where do you fall on that? >> finally all those rumors that her bump was fake and people can move fast it. she's just like every other mother out there. >> every mom is different. >> let's move out. >> she wants to bond with her baby.
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why not? >> snooki is pregnant? >> this is so excited. we've been hearing for a month she was pregnant. if you watch the show, her boyfriend, and it's also a smart career move. now we can have a spinoff, snooki with her baby. the next thing we're talking about is ashton demi. apparently he went to visit her after she got out of rehab, is this i feel bad you're okay or is there a possibility they can reconcile? >> they're not reconciling. he's already been moved on. he's been seen out a lot with the screenwriter. demi has had a really hard time and he knew it was important for her daughter to step in and be there for her in some way and that's what he's doing. >> speaking of pda, not quite there yet but taylor swift and tim tebow spotted on having dinner together on what might have been a date. what might not have been a date. the idea of the two of them together is kind of seductive. >> there you have all-american, unlucky in love, tebow, you
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know, christian. i love them to the. they're a pure, cute couple. >> she's a huge crush on him. but he doesn't quite feel the same yet. >> on the off chance we're talking ten years from now they would have incredibly talented kids, right? alicia and erica, thank you both so much for being here as always. up next we're headed to south america for a look at some of very exotic animals. looking for a better place to put your cash?
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♪ hey i heard you were a wild one ♪ >> this morning on "today's call of the wild" rare animals from the diverse lands of south america whose only goal in life is to visit studio 1a. >> that's right. sea world and busch gardens
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animal ambassador julie scardina joins us this morning along with a few friends. >> good to see you guys. >> we're going to start with the sloth. >> one of the seven deadly sins right here. and mario here who is from busch gardens has been sleeping just about all morning. but they do sleep about 20 hours a day. so it's not all that unusual. but we're kind of trying to wake him up a little bit here. >> they sleep a lot because their metabolism is slow, right? >> that's exactly right. but a lot of people kind of say, well sloths are lazy. but it has nothing to do with laziness. it all has to do with survival. so here is an animal that doesn't move around too much, is not very fast, actually can't move on the ground very much at all. they can, believe it or not, swim better than they can walk on the ground. but if you can't run away from your predators, what do you need to do? you need to hide. so look at him sitting there. now if this tree were covered with leaves -- >> we can see you. >> i know what you're trying to do. we totally see you, mario. >> mario here. have another -- have another
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green bean. >> so what do you feed an animal like that? >> you know, he doesn't get that much energy from his food. >> doesn't even want to eat. >> does he want us to chew it for him? he is important to the ecosystem. >> he is very important to the ecosystem. feel his hair. >> are you sure? >> the hair is specially designed to actually grow algae on it. and the algae not only helps in the camouflage in the forest but it actually provides an ecosystem on his back. so beatles and moths and all the things that also live in the rain forest with him can find a space to live. it creates more of a habitat for all the animals that live in the rain forest, as well. and of course, after he eats, a week later, only a week later, he defecates and then there's a whole bunch of good fertilizer for all the trees. >> sloth, you just take a little nap. >> he'll stay there. >> next up we have the
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spoonbill. >> that's right. jenna, i'm going to have you catch your spoonbill. >> this is a bird. >> i want you to hold up your left arm. panini, come on, fly in. there you go. >> oh! nice. >> watch my dress. >> what are we getting? >> these are fish eaters or shrimp eaters basically. and you see how they use that bill. wow he gets down on that fish. brandon if we have any extra we can put that in there for panini, as well. >> tell me about the color of the bird. >> birds like flamingos and the spoonbill, here. you don't want the veggies probably. they get their coloration from a pigment called beta-carotene. it's the same thing that's found in carrots but it's also found in algae, shrimp and some of the other things that they'll eat. they're wetland birds so they basically have the longer legs so they can go in the shallow water. then they use that bill, you saw how he was feeding out of the bowl like that. >> like a spoon almost.
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>> back and forth and then they pick up their fish, and it's very sensitive bill. he actually enjoys -- see how gentle it is? >> yes. >> really -- >> very graceful. not like he has any type of force with it, but he feels his food. >> let's finish before we go outside with something called a tegu? >> yes, this is a beautiful lizard from south america. >> nothing but beauties this morning. >> isn't he incredible? these guys have the forked tongue. >> can i touch? >> oh, yes, absolutely. now this is a female. just about full grown. the males will get about twice this size. and they're very jowly. so the females find that impressive. out in the wild you never want to walk up to any wild animals, of course. but these guys are fairly docile. some people have them as pets. but of course, know what you're getting into. these are a large lizard, and they can bite, obviously, potentially, and the last thing you want to do is release them into the wild if you can't take care of them anymore. >> great stuff.
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>> hold on tight. just squeeze if you don't mind. julie scardina, thank you so much. >> our pleasure. >> so many wonderful friends visiting us. i am a pro baller. 11 years playing the outfield, and i got no plans to retire. [ female announcer ] aging may slow a dog down, but iams helps keep dogs playing year after year with our age-specific nutrition. and now, even for dogs 11 and older with new iams senior plus. it helps boost the immune response to that of an adult dog and helps fight signs of aging. [ dog ] i'll never be a bench-warmer. [ female announcer ] new iams senior plus. see the iams difference or your money back. [ dog ] i am an iams dog for life. sometimes life can be, well, a little uncomfortable, but when it's hard or hurts to go to the bathroom, there's dulcolax stool softener. dulcolax stool softener doesn't make you go... it just makes it easier to go. dulcolax stool softener. make yourself comfortable. and, just like toddlers, puppies need food made for them.
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and that's going to do it for us on this sunday morning. our thanks to carl quint tina, tom lamas and jan us huff. lester it's been a busy weekend filled with emotion as indiana and kentucky try to deal with this tragedy. >> it has been, jenna. you know, when you and i look at scenes like this we ask how could anybody possibly have come out of that alive? those folks who did come out,
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they're asking themselves the same question. that brings a lot of emotional heavy baggage with it. but folks throughout the disaster zone are wrapping their arms around each other literally and figuratively in the cleanup, trying to heal the physical wounds and then the emotional ones will follow. on sundays we close with our "life illustrated" segment showing you the pictures taken by disaster survivors. i'll see you tonight on "nbc nightly news." ♪ ♪
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good morning, everyone. i'm erika gonzalez. >> and i'm angie goff. welcome to "news4 today" on this sunday, march 4th. march is only a few days old, but it's already on record as one of the deadliest months in history because of at least 99 tornadoes in the midwest and south. >> at least 39 people have been killed, hundreds more were injured and thousands of buildings were destroyed or damaged. forecasters believe the worst is over as ten more tornadoes blew through florida and georgia. nbc's jay gray has more now from one of the hardest hit places over the weekend, henryville, indiana. >> reporter: this morning,

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